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First Aid: Asthma Flare-Ups

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During an asthma flare-up or attack, the airways in the lungs become irritated and swollen, making breathing more difficult. While some flare-ups are mild, others can be life threatening, so it's important to deal with them right away.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs of an asthma flare-up include:

Signs of a severe asthma flare-up may include:

What to Do

If your child is having an asthma flare-up, be sure to follow his or her specific asthma treatment guidelines. Many doctors provide a detailed asthma action plan for their patients. Because each child's experience with asthma is different, each action plan will be too.

Seek Emergency Medical Care or Call 911

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

Help prevent flare-ups by taking these steps:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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